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William Webb is suffering from Neuroblastoma William Webb is suffering from Neuroblastoma
William Webb shows his strength, walking after being taken off a ventilator William Webb shows his strength, walking after being taken off a ventilator
SAVANNAH, GA -

12,700 children in the United states will be diagnosed with childhood cancer in the next year, 430 of those in Georgia alone.

While the numbers are upsetting, we all have to remember each one of those is someone's child.

One of those children is William Webb.  

Just 3 and a half years old, he has fought the disease for more than a year.

But he hasn't been fighting alone.

"Jesus Loves me, Yes he does," sings little William Webb.

A song in his heart, even without a hair on his head.  

On this day, William Webb is full of energy, looking and sounding like any other kid.  

The difference, he is suffering from a rare form of cancer, neuroblastoma.

"They said it could be something bad," says Danielle Webb, William's Mom. "But when you get that diagnosis, that probably was the very hardest part for me."

For Danielle and Bill Webb, the diagnosis was just the beginning.

"It's chemotherapy, surgery, radiation," explains William's dad, Dr Bill Webb. "Going to Atlanta for a big blast of chemotherapy they can't do in Savannah to wipe out any signs of the neuroblastoma cells."

"He asks us if something is going to hurt," according to Danielle. "We say yes it is. Then he knows it will. We try to prepare him for it and then we move from there."

"There are days of great positive thinking where your heart is full watching him and there are others where you can feel the gravity of the situation and I'm going to enjoy this moment to its fullest," says Bill. "Tomorrow can come. Today, this is just wonderful."

Positive but realistic. That's how the Webb's go through every day.

While they have to deal with the day to day struggles, they are far from alone in this fight.  Thoughts, prayers, and help have poured in, making even the tough times a little easier.

"You could never imagine how many people are coming to you and wanting to do things for William," says Danielle. "Do things for your family. Can I pick up your laundry, can I come clean your house, can I buy you food. We've had such an outpouring of support."

"We've had little kids do lemonade stands and they've donated $5 to help him out," smiles Bill. "We've had piggy banks that's have opened up and sent so he could buy a toy to keep him happy."

"Unless you've been in this position, unless you've walked in our shoes with this," explains Bill Webb. "I don't think you could truly understand how touching it is and how gratifying it is to know there are still good people in this world who want to help."

"And the words thank you aren't enough," says a tearful Danielle Webb. "They are words we say, but it doesn't begin to express how we feel."

Since we first saw William and shot that story, he has unfortunately had a relapse and joined a clinical trial to try and destroy the Neuroblastoma.

Recently, he even had to be put on a ventilator.

But the good news, this week, William got take off the ventilator and is now back on his feet and walking again.  

If you'd like to keep up with William's progress, join the "Prayers for William Webb" Facebook Page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prayers-for-William-Webb/150827771748830

And to help fight childhood cancer, and find out more about the disease go to CURE Childhood Cancer

http://www.curechildhoodcancer.org/about-cure/childhood-cancer-facts/

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